So today there have been many grand scale events. Serena Williams captured her 4th Wimbledon Championship in a dominating fashion. Germany absolutely massacred the “it” team of this year’s World Cup, Argentina, 4 to 0. Which is the equivalent of losing an MLB baseball game by 10 runs. It just doesn’t happen, especially this far into the tournament. The other soccer game today was also very exciting. In the end, Spain scored a late goal to advance for a semifinal date with Germany. So the Final Four of the World Cup features Uruguay, the Netherlands, Germany, and Spain. Even if the Euro is struggling, the level of soccer sure isn’t. Lastly, Wimbledon holds their final dual tomorrow between Rafael Nadal and Tomas Berdych (a very surprising finalist).
But let’s get real. There is one big time sporting event going on this weekend that trumps them all. An event that you have to love if you are an American. An event that represents patriotism to the highest degree. An event that may make you want to throw up after. Yes I am talking about the “Nathan’s International July 4th Hot Dog Eating Contest.” One of the greatest events that we have to offer in the States on our country’s most special day. A tradition that is entering it’s 95th year. The fattest country in the world has a gluttonous display in the form of a food eating contest on the anniversary of our founding. Who would want it any other way?
But this event has developed into so much more than just a simple food eating contest. It has developed into a “us” vs “them” type of event. One where we put all of our faith into the Michael Jordan of competitive food eating, Joey Chestnut. The 26 year old Chestnut holds the hope of a country in his mouth and his stomach every year on July 4th. Chestnut over the past few years has developed a big time rivalry with a 6 time champion of this contest, Takeru “Tsunami” Kobayashi (a 32 year old who may be over the hill). This is the food industry’s form of a Kobe vs Lebron rivalry. Who is better?
Well Chestnut has developed into the greater champion over the past few years winning the crown three consecutive times. But previously, Kobayashi had dominated the game winning 6 titles. This year is up for grabs again though. America needs a hero to stand behind in these tough economic times. We need a Joey Chestnut to keep the belt in America on this most grand of occasions. Screw the fireworks.
America needs to win the “Nathan’s International July 4th Hot Dog Eating Contest” first. Without a victory in this event, most Americans will have a depressing holiday and not enjoy the day to the fullest. Times are tough. Therefore, a higher stress has been put in sport. Joey Chestnut and his mouth/stomach combo hold the key to providing people all over the United States a happy 4th of July.
Talk about pressure..
Stay tuned for the next edition of Sportskraze.